Identifying technical and economic improvements to the MoneyMaker Hip pump through multi-objective optimization

Christopher McComb, Pablo S. Santaeufemia, Nathan Johnson, Kenji Shimada

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    Abstract

    Water-lifting technologies in rural areas of the developing world have enormous potential to stimulate agricultural production and economic growth. The MoneyMaker Hip pump designed by Kickstart is a human-powered low cost pump, which can help subsistence farmers increase financial returns. This work optimizes the design of the MoneyMaker Hip pump, which is the cheapest and lightest portable water pump from Kickstart. A mathematical model of the working fluid and MoneyMaker Hip pump structure is developed. Deterministic optimization methods are then employed to maximize the flow rate of the groundwater pumped, maximize the lift height, and minimize the volume of material used for manufacturing. Design variables for the optimization included the dimensions of the pump, well depth, and speed of various parts of the system. The solutions are subject to constraints on the geometry of the system, the bending stress in the handle and cylinder, and ergonomic factors. Findings indicate that several technical improvements can be made on the current MoneyMaker Hip pump design to reduce the cost and human workload.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2014
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages338-344
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)9781479971930
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
    Event4th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2014 - San Jose, United States
    Duration: Oct 10 2014Oct 13 2014

    Other

    Other4th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2014
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Jose
    Period10/10/1410/13/14

    Keywords

    • design
    • developing world
    • manual pump
    • multi-objective optimization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Management of Technology and Innovation
    • Engineering(all)

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    McComb, C., Santaeufemia, P. S., Johnson, N., & Shimada, K. (2014). Identifying technical and economic improvements to the MoneyMaker Hip pump through multi-objective optimization. In Proceedings of the 4th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, GHTC 2014 (pp. 338-344). [6970302] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/GHTC.2014.6970302